Category 5: Transportation
Everybody attending DLV is responsible for their own transportation to and from the various activities.
Rides with others (at the riders' own risk, of course) will usually be available.
Details on transportation options are discussed on the mailing list.
Mainly because it did not scale well and generated countless complaints, both from volunteer drivers and those in need of rides.
Our volunteers are unwilling to assume the liability of a more formal program to provide transportation to the activities.
Those in need of rides and those with vehicles who are willing to give rides to others are encouraged to use the DLV Discussion Forum to exchange contact information and coordinate ride sharing efforts.
First of all, don't panic. With very rare exception, there will be a ride available for you.
The biggest problem along this line is finding a ride to your first DLV activity.
If you will not be driving and need a ride, we VERY STRONGLY suggest that you stay in one of our suggested hotels so you will be near other attendees who will be willing to give you a ride.
Well in advance of your first DLV activity, post a note in the DLV Discussion Forum explaining that you will be staying in such and such a hotel and that you will need a ride to some certain activity. With rare exception, others will respond and offer you a ride.
Once you have made that initial contact, you'll find that it is very easy to arrange rides with others for the rest of the week.
A few notes about rides ...
At the main entrances of all major hotels there will be a taxi stand. Look for a sign saying "Taxi Line", "For taxi wait here", or something similar. Usually this will be very obvious. If you can't find it, tell the doorkeeper that you need a taxi. Taxis will be picking up and dropping off guests at all major hotels during all hours.
Join the taxi line at the rear, or step to the front of the taxi stand if there is no line. Taxis will usually be waiting in a staging area. You may have to signal by raising your finger to indicate that you need a taxi. Often times the doorkeeper will blow a whistle to indicate to waiting taxis that a rider is ready. If no taxis are ready, wait a while. Taxis drop off and pick up at all major hotels regularly.
If you're shy about using your voice to tell the taxi driver or the doorkeeper where you want to go, write out the address in large letters on a piece of paper and hand it to the driver or to the doorkeeper when you are asked where you want to go.
Instructions on what to tell a taxi driver to get to our various activities will appear on the detailed final schedule. ("Bellagio, and step on it!") :)
It is usually not necessary to tip the doorkeeper for simply whistling to a taxi for you, but if the door staff assists you with luggage or something significant, yes, a tip is appropriate.
A taxi driver depends on tips to supplement his/her income, so it will be highly unusual for a driver to remark about your appearance or manner of dress.
At the destination, the total fare will be clearly indicated on the taxi meter. A tip (15% - 20% or so) is expected, but is not legally required. If the service was good, a tip should be given. If the driver made any derogatory comments to you, drove recklessly, or was in any way a jerk, feel free to pay the total on the meter only.
Please note that in Las Vegas, taxis are to pick up only at designated taxi stands or from a radio call. They are not supposed to respond to a "hail" on the street, although they sometimes will.
The main Las Vegas Monorail is quite "safe" to use and travels on the east side of the Las Vegas Strip. Ticketing is very similar to that used on most subways and elevated systems. You buy a single or multi-ride ticket at a machine and insert it into the slot at an entrance turnstyle. A good overview of the Las Vegas Monorail appears HERE.
For our activities located in venues near the Monorail, the proper Monorail stop will be noted on our final detailed schedule.
Motorized tramway systems run between the Bellagio, City Center, and Monte Carlo, and also between the Excalibur, Luxor, and Mandalay Bay on the west side of the Strip. These are free and there are no formalities when boarding or riding. A smaller free tramway runs between the Mirage and Treasure Island.
Some casinos and other firms operate free shuttles between various properties. These are too numerous to mention. Many are free with no formalities, while some others require proof of residency such as a room key or a players club card. Some of these are reported to be "safe" but circumstances vary between the various shuttle services.
The newer double-decker "Deuce" bus on the Strip and other major bus routes has been ridden by our attendees with no major issues reported, but in general, the city bus is only suggested for those with a high confidence level and significant public exposure experience.
Our attendees used Uber and Lyft from DLV 2016 forward with no issues.
At our sister event, Pinkfest, several attendees used these services with no significant issues at all.
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